FORD, John T.

The Rev. John Thomas Ford, CSC, a resident of Logansport, died on Dec. 29, 2021, at Holy Cross House at Notre Dame. He was 89.
Fr. Ford was born Nov. 21, 1932, the only child of Thomas and Leonora (Senn) Ford. He attended St. Vincent de Paul elementary school in Logansport and graduated from Logansport High School in 1950. He attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 1955 and was thereafter ordained as a priest of the Holy Cross Congregation in 1959.
After graduating from Notre Dame, he earned a master’s degree in theology in 1959 at Holy Cross College in Washington, D.C. In 1962, he earned his licentiate in 1960 and his doctorate in sacred from the Gregorian University in Rome.
From 1968 to 2018, Fr. Ford was a professor of theology at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was a widely published author. He was perhaps best recognized as one of the leading John Henry Newman scholars in the United States and throughout the world. Fr. Ford was a longtime member of the St. John Henry Newman Association of America and as its association president for many years.
Fr. Ford also served as the founding editor of the Newman Studies Journal. For his extensive work on Newman, Fr. Ford was the inaugural recipient of the Gaillot Award for Newman Studies by the NINS.
In addition to his duties at Catholic University, Fr. Ford served as president of North American Academy of Ecumenists, a member of the Ecumenism Committee of the Washington Theological Consortium and as a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches.
In 2018, Fr. Ford retired from Catholic University of America and returned to Logansport. During his retirement, he served All Saints Catholic Church in Logansport, and other parishes in Kewanna, Rochester and Peru, among others.
Fr. Fords known survivors are cousins, Carolyn Witham, of Logansport, and Elizabeth Kirby, of Arlington, Virginia.
Funeral mass will be at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame. Mourners may join via livestream at https://campusministry.nd.edu/mass-worship/basilica-of-the-sacredheart/funeral-live-stream/. Burial will be in the community cemetery at Notre Dame.

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